A local power couple has been selected to represent Cambria as the town’s 2015 Citizens of the Year. A panel of previous winners selected Teri and Greg Sanders for the honor, a decision subsequently approved by the Cambria Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors because of the recipients’ “outstanding service and dedication to the community.”
While most of the community’s honored-citizen awards have been given to individuals, some couples have been previous recipients, including Jeri and Terry Farrell (2011), Jack and Jane Gibson (1999), John and Renee Linn (2007), Bonnie and Reuben Villalobos (2002), and Darrell and Julia Wall (1978). Sally and John Angel both were honored, but in separate ceremonies (1998 and 2003, respectively).
Greg and Teri Sanders will be lauded at the chamber’s annual banquet Tuesday, Jan. 12, at the Cambria Pines Lodge. Attendees need not be chamber members to attend. For details and tickets, call 927-3624.
“This is truly a case where the husband and the wife each are equally deserving, said Mike Thompson, who works with Sanders on the Cambria Community Services District board as well as in Cambria’s American Legion post. “Both have their own credentials for the award. … I’m very pleased” by the selection.
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According to information provided by the chamber and the honor recipients, the 2015 honorees have been Cambrians for some time, having bought their first home here in 1988. They began volunteering as part-timers. Then, after becoming permanent residents in 1996, they increased their commitments to the area’s service clubs, nonprofits, charities and needy individuals.
Teri Sanders, 60, has volunteered for many years with organizations including Meals on Wheels and Cambria Community Council, HART (as a previous board member and still a volunteer) and the American Legion Auxiliary. She also cooks meals for injured residents, shut-ins and the recently widowed who need extra attention and caring.
Greg Sanders, 68, has donated many hours of service to American Legion Post No. 432, the Rotary Club of Cambria (coordinating such projects as the Peace Garden, Town Clock and Main Street bus shelter), the Lions Club Pinedorado Parade (bringing in military and high school bands), and to the community at large through pro bono legal services.
He served on the Cambria Community Services District Board of Directors from 2002 through 2010, and was reappointed in November to serve out the remaining term of Muril Clift, who resigned then.
Sanders is a major in the state Military Reserve JAG Corps, supporting Army National Guard missions at Camp San Luis Obispo and the National Guard Joint Force Headquarters in Sacramento. He served in the Army in Vietnam and other areas, receiving numerous medals.
New chamber board
At the same dinner, the chamber’s 2016-17 Board of Directors will be introduced. New members Jennifer Perryman, ad manager of The Cambrian, and Miguel Sandoval (owner of La Terraza Mexican Grill), will be sworn in with re-elected incumbents Mel McColloch and Steve Kniffen (Sea Chest Oyster Bar).
Returning to complete their terms are Mike Thompson (CCSD board member and former owner of A Matter of Taste), Gayle Jenkins (A Matter of Taste’s new owner), Fidel Figueroa (San Simeon Beach Bar & Grill), George Marschall (Cambria Nursery and Florist) and Sue Robinson, (Cambria Scarecrow Festival and member at large).
Kathe Tanner: 805-927-4140
Chamber of Commerce Installation Dinner
When: Tuesday, Jan. 12: no-host bar starts at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7.
Where: Cambria Pines Lodge, 2905 Burton Drive, Cambria.